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01/19/2009

Winding down one invocation controversy so that we can focus on the other

by Jeremy Hooper

Good news for those still waiting to see Gene Robinson's speech in some from other than distant, grainy YouTube video. After a day of ho-moaning and cable network vs. Presidential Inauguration Committee finger-pointing, it looks like the PIC is now taking official blame for the error:

“We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson’s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday’s program. We regret the error in executing this plan – but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event," emails PIC communications director Josh Earnest.
Obama camp takes blame for gay bishop slight [Politico]

Also, HBO has now agreed to include the speech in all rebroadcasts of the pre-inaugural concert, and clips from the speech will apparently be shown on big screen tomorrow prior to the swearing-in. HuffPo has more on these latest developments:

UPDATED: Bishop Robinson's Prayer to be Included in Clips Shown on the Mall prior to Swearing In Ceremony [HuffPo]

So we LGBT folks are certainly getting some thrown bones on this one. We just wish we didn't have to always be the ones in the doghouse waiting for people to understand why we're barking.

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now it's some parts will be shown? before, it was the whole thing. hmmm let me guess that the LGBT part of the prayer wont get shown.

Posted by: queerunity | Jan 19, 2009 8:52:57 PM

WOOF Woof woof....at least our Rachel Maddow did a little growling tonoc...also said she was there and could hear him and wept. Cute tonoc when she said the GLBT community was just a little ............L-I-V-I-D!!! Regarding Warren.

Well at least we will soon know what Saddlebacking means...#5 was winning I think.

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 19, 2009 11:16:59 PM

Here: This from a person knowledgable about the PIC and NEOLIB Incrementalists, who also is a friend of Bishop Robinson.

"His name is Joshua Earnest. He was communications director for the Obama campaign in Iowa. He worked for the Vilsack campaign and the former governor of IA.

Tom Vilsack is a neoliberal. He is a member of the DLC and supports centrist and conservative wings of the DNC.

Joshua Earnest is the spokesperson and member of the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).

The PIC advised HBO that their special should begin at 2:30 EST and that the Robinson prayer would occur at 2:25 EST. Bishop Robinson said that he knew about the five minute discrepancy but did not fully understand the ramifications.

I suspect that the good bishop led with his heart and not his spleen on this issue. He told NPR that he was unaware that the DC Gay Men's Choir was not identified to the audience in any way whatsoever

Other individuals felt that HBO is looking for an award for this Lincoln Memorial special and did not want the gay bishop or the gay choir hurting their chances with anti-LGBT protests.Isn't it awful to be the last minority whom you can malevolently act against with total trust that you will not be taken to task?"

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 19, 2009 11:27:31 PM

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